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Organising

Finished – Edinburgh Rock

I’m really pleased with how this turned out

 

Detail of the leaves

 

I’ve never blocked a scarf before but I’m tempted to block this one so that the yarn over design shows up

 

Another view

 

Unfortunately I don’t have anything new to show you this week. I’ve had to stop and start a few projects including, Wild as the Wind, where I’ve ripped everything out and changed the yarn and needles. Most of my energy this week has gone into decluttering, again. Yes, again. I seem to do this a couple of times a year. Well, I say that but what I really mean is that I take some things from one room and put them in another. This time I’ve been taking things to the tip and recycling centre instead. I have some bookcases on my landing and they used to have boxes of crap, sorry, I mean vitally important things, in front of them. They don’t anymore. This has brought the added benefit of my no longer having to do contortions in order to switch off the landing light. This is good.

My plan is to finish off the reorganising before my birthday on Saturday. I have next week off and hope to make another dress, watch a few fillums and possibly do a bit of cooking or baking. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Oh and my friend Shea Wong has an article in the Huffington Post today.

 

 

 

I Caved…

Yep, after the long post and list of reasons NOT to do NaNoWriMo this year, I completely caved and began it yesterday evening. I think it was just that the excitement of those doing it was contagious and the fact that I’d never finished any fiction writing really bothered me. The more I thought about Nano’s basic premise of it being about quantity rather than quality, of it being a chance to free yourself from the tyrannies of self editing and just write, well, the more I really wanted to do it.

Also I found that an idea I’d had for a story which I’d thought I might pursue for Nano began to grow in my mind. So yesterday evening I sat down at the computer and, almost as an experiment, started to write. And it really flowed, the idea really caught fire in my mind. And as I wrote I focused on telling the story without backing up on myself and re-reading, making corrections etc. So, I know it’s all far from perfect but that’s not the point. I’ve found writing fiction to be exciting for the first time in years. I have no idea where the story will lead since I’m really winging in on some parts but that’s what makes it such fun! And this kind of writing has pretty much never been that fun for me.

So far I’ve written about 2700 words so I have a fair of catching up to do. I have no idea if I’ll make the 50k word count since my writing is taking second place to the organising but it doesn’t matter, it’s all about having fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Nano No No

I really wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo this year. For those who’ve never heard of it, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and involves writing 50k of fiction in a month.It’s not quite a novel, more a novella size.

Now, I’ve written fiction for years and always have lots of ideas for stories but I’ve never really ever written more than a few pages of anything. I usually just lose interest or become highly critical of my work. As a result, nothing gets done. So Nano which is more about quantity than quality is the ultimate in losing your creative writing inhibitions.

When I interviewed Rachel Herron for KnitCast in March this year we spoke extensively about Nano and I said that I’d meant to do it one year and I think I even committed to doing it this year.

So, why aren’t I doing it? Well, writing 50k of words over 30 days even if you’re not getting caught up in editing them is a big commitment when you have other things that you also need to get done. I’ve been organising my house since last month, sorting things and getting rid of stuff that I don’t want or need anymore. Since I moved some years ago from a three storey house to a smaller one I’ve simply had too much stuff and I’ve not been able to enjoy my house or have people ’round because it’s been too full of stuff.

My craft room was finished this month and it’s been an amazing feeling just to go in there withoutย  having to clamber over loads of junk. My walk-in-wardrobe aka the box room is now nearly done – about 8 bin bags full of stuff for charity from that room alone – then it’s onto the bedroom and then the rest of the house. So I want/need to keep that momentum going so that it’ll be done before Christmas and so that I can actually enjoy my home instead of being annoyed at not being able to find things/get into rooms/not have friends over/not be able to relax because of the mess etc.

So this month I will take part in Nanoroomo whereby I commit to finishing tidying my house by the end of November. This will be quite a challenge since one of the rooms, my study, is quite bad indeed. It’s not got boxes up to the ceiling as my craft room did but it’s still quite full. I think you’ll understand that I can’t do that and take part in Nanowrimo as well. It still doesn’t stop me wishing that I could do it this year especially since my friend Shalene in London is doing it as well.

So, November will be busy and I’m afraid that there’s no KnitCast for the month either. I went to the dentist with toothache last week and it turns out that the root of my teeth is infected and needs to be removed. I’ve been dosed up on antibiotics and painkillers and couldn’t combine that with editing the podcast. I need to be in full health for that since it’s a lot of work. But the tooth should be removed sometime this week and then I can get back to working on the house and everything else. And then next year I will be doing NaNoWriMo! ๐Ÿ™‚